Bernese Mountain Dog Breed Information and Facts

Considering getting a Bernese Mountain Dog? Makes sure you know the characteristics of the breed. We've put together the following Bernese Mountain Dog breed information and facts to create a profile of this dog so you have the critical information necessary to make a decision.

Bernese Mountain Dog  

The even-tempered Bernese Mountain Dog has a life expectancy of 7 to 10 years.

The Bernese Mountain Dog originated from Switzerland and is named for the Canton of Bern. The Bernese Mountain Dog is believed to have descended from mastiff-type dogs brought to Switzerland more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. The Roman dogs mixed with local guarding dogs, resulting in a new breed that would become the Bernese Mountain Dog. The Bernese Mountain Dog was originally a farm dog, watch dog and companion to the people of Swiss Alps.

The Bernese Mountain Dog weighs 70 to 115 pounds and measures 23 to 27.5 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a long, smooth coat that sheds year-round and sheds heaviest during the change of seasons in the spring and fall. The Bernese Mountain Dog should be brushed once a week and more frequently during their heavy shedding seasons. The Bernese Mountain Dog also needs a bath every few months.

Like all dogs, the Bernese Mountain Dog also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Bernese Mountain Dog is calm and easygoing.

The Bernese Mountain Dog is the ideal family dog. The Bernese Mountain Dog has a sweet, reliable and affectionate personality. They like to think of themselves as lap dogs although they can weigh more than 100 pounds.

The Bernese Mountain Dog gets along well with the whole family and is a natural with children. Bernese Mountain Dogs are patient and tolerant, and can withstand the noise and activity of the most rambunctious child. The Bernese Mountain Dog grows very attached to their family to the point where they can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

Although they are protective and make good watch dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs are not aggressive. They tend to behave politely with new people and other animals.

Training Needs
The Bernese Mountain Dog can be slower to learn than some other breeds, but can pick up commands and tricks when given lots of praise and treats. The Bernese Mountain Dog is sensitive and should always be treated gently. They need early socialization to help them overcome any shyness. With proper training, Bernese Mountain Dogs can go on to do well in agility, herding, tracking and obedience competitions.

Activity Level
The Bernese Mountain Dog requires a moderate amount of exercise. By nature, they are used to being farm dogs and like to move around. Bernese Mountain Dogs should have a daily walk and time to run around and play in a secure area. Bernese Mountain Dogs tend to be more active in the winter months due to their thick, black coats. In the summer months, they need to be watched closely when outside or they can quickly develop heatstroke.

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